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Allegations, Super candidate may have falsified information

Posted: Updated: April 19, 2013 12:00 PM

MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - A candidate for the Monroe City School Board Superintendent job may be out of the running. That, after it was revealed at a meeting Friday morning that the candidate may have lied or falsified information on the application.

Friday morning the superintendent search committee met to review background and reference checks on the final five candidates for the job. The committee revealed one candidate had falsified multiple references on the application.

The five finalist candidates for the position are: Tammye Turpin, Mary Robinson, Brent Vidrine, Charles Michael and Mary Guinn. The committee would not confirm which candidate is in question, other than a reference to a male applicant during Friday's meeting.

A board member tells KNOE that the applicant in question can not be confirmed, but that all signs seem to point to Neville High School Principal Brent Vidrine.

Vidrine says he has not been contacted by the school board about the issue. He also stands by the three references he listed on his application, one of whom is former BESE board member Tammie McDaniel.

Former interim superintendent Julian Gray also claims to be one of Vidrine's references. He says he had written a letter for Vidrine previously for another superintendent position, and told Vidrine to simply reuse that letter. In the process of applying in November, an issue arose with that letter and Gray immediately wrote another one for Vidrine.

Julian Gray also says that he has not been contacted by anyone from the Monroe City School Board about his letter of recommendation for Vidrine.

The committee will now bring the information they have gather regarding the falsified information to the full board, with a recommendation that the applicant should be stricken from the pool of candidates.

The full board will vote on what to do with the candidate at its next meeting on Tuesday, April 23.

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